By Jesse McCarl
From an alarm system to an action plan, home security will give you peace of mind as a homeowner. Here are some statistics about home burglaries, what to keep an eye out for, and how to keep your home protected.
- A home burglary occurs approximately every 14.4 seconds in the United States.
- The average burglary victim loses $2,185 worth of belongings.
- Police only recover about 15% of items stolen in a home robbery.
- With 1/3 of home break ins, the burglar didn’t have to use force. The door or window was unlocked.
- A home in the suburbs is 1.5x more likely to be robbed than in the city.
- 65% of home burglaries happen during the daytime.
- A home with no security system is 2-3x more likely to be broken into.
Eyes of a Burglar: What the bandits are looking for
Escape Routes: Neighborhoods with only one entrance/exit are intimidating to thieves.
People: The most targeted homes have signs that the owners will not return soon.
A Way In: Here’s how they break in:
Front Door …………. 34%
1st Floor Window … 23%
Back Door ………….. 22%
Garage ………………. 9%
Basement …………….. 6%
AlarmSystem: Studies show criminals stay away from properties with professional alarm systems.
Places to Hide: Keep shrubbery trimmed and entry points well lit.
- DO keep shrubbery trimmed down to eliminate “hiding places.”
- DO put address numbers on your house and mailbox that are large and easy to read. This makes it easier for authorities to locate your house in an emergency.
- DO keep your house exterior well lit and deadbolt all doors.
- DON’T put your name on your mailbox. WIth just a last name, a burglar can get ahold of your cell phone number and call to see if you’re home.
- DON’T hide spare keys in obvious places such as under a doormat or a potted plant. Simply checking these spots is how many criminals avoid forced entry.